: News

No More Park Police In Montgomery County?

Play associated audio

By Matt Bush

Budget woes in Montgomery County, Maryland could mean the end of the county's park police.

Under a plan from County Executive Isiah Leggett, the park police would be merged into the county police department, effectively eliminating the force. Leggett claims the move would save the county approximately $2 million.

Park Police Chief Darien Manley says the move would make parks more dangerous, something he says is proven by more than crime statistics.

"The proof is in the incredible usage and visitation we see every day," he says. "It's seen in the youth leagues using our fields and facilities and the young families in our local parks and in our playgrounds. It's seen in the walkers and joggers and bicyclists who travel our trails everyday. They use the parks because they feel safe."

Manley also worries many of his officers would not meet training requirements for the county police force, and would lose their jobs.

NPR

When Barack Met Michelle: 'Southside With You' Recreates The Obamas' First Date

Richard Tanne's new film is a dramatization of Barack and Michelle Obama's first date in 1989. Critic David Edelstein says the movie's mix of politics and romance has a "naive kind of charm."
NPR

Ramen Noodles Are Now The Prison Currency Of Choice

Ramen will buy anything from smuggled fruit to laundry services from fellow inmates, a study at one prison finds. It's not just that ramen is tasty: Prisoners say they're not getting enough food.
NPR

Felons' Rights Restored, Early Voting And Other Voting Law Changes This Week

Voting laws have been getting a lot of attention recently and more twists and turns can be expected before the election in November. Here's an update on where the laws stand.
NPR

After Losing Steam In Smartphones, Chinese Firm Turns To Smart Rice Cookers

One of China's most valuable tech startups, smartphone maker Xiaomi, is getting into networked appliances, in a bid to innovate its way out of trouble, as its core business falls flat.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.